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Date:12/23/2008

ion changes or other treatments when indicated, helping physicians respond to patients' needs more quickly and efficiently. The tools helped organize and prioritize the teams' work.

"Family practice and internal medicine physicians are drowning in the huge number of things to consider for their patients, especially those with multiple conditions and medications," said Cherie P. Brunker, M.D., co-principal investigator and Geriatrics Chief, Intermountain LDS Hospital and assistant professor of geriatric medicine, University of Utah Center on Aging. "Computer tools and a specially trained care manager can make all the difference."

"It is clear," Dorr concluded, "that to provide the kind of high quality and efficient coordination of care tracked in this study across the nation's health care system will require the redesign of primary care as well as reform of the payment system and reinforcement from policymakers, but it would be an investment in the future health of the chronically ill patient population."


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